Back To School 2013 - School Lunches

This year I am preparing to send 2 kids back to school.  One with preschool 3 days a week, and my 1st grader.  We don't start school until after the long holiday weekend for Labor Day.  I am down to about 2ish weeks to prepare and be organized.

Last Year, I worked really hard to be as prepared as possible.  This year I am already feeling behind, and need to get things ready ASAP!  I decided to break things down to make it easier.  I have already talked about clothing and preparing for that.  Now onto school lunches.  Matthew takes a packed lunch everyday.  Lilly won't be eating lunch at school, but will have to take a snack.

First thing I do is plan it out on paper.  Much like regular meal planning, my school lunch planner goes up on the fridge once it is filled out for the month. 

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I also organize my supplies.  I am still waiting for my friendly UPS man to finish delivering things, but this is what I have gone with this year.

Ziploc Container

I follow a lot of blogs that swear by this container.  I didn't use this last year, but found myself really wanting to use more containers and less plastic bags.

  Reusable Baking Cups

In the past I have actually used paper muffin liners, and Matthew just threw them out, I am hoping to get a lot of use out of the reusable ones.

 LunchBots are on Zulily right now and I decided to order one to see if I like them.

Last year I used a PBK lunch box, but they don't fit the new Ziplock containers I wanted to try, also after a full year of lunches this lunchbox was looking a little ragged, so I went with a Lands End bag.  I hope I love it!

Rubbermaid Refill Reuse Bottle

Another new thing I am going to try this year is a reusable water bottle.  Last year I used the mini bottles of water, I would reuse them for the entire week, but this year I wanted something more permanent.

Now that I have a handle on the school lunch prep, next is finding things to pack everyday, including master lists by food group to make things easier, so stay tuned for that.

What are your favorite products/tips for school lunches?

1 comment:

  1. How do you make changes to an Adobe file? I love your school lunches but I can't put any text on it. Thank you for your help in advance!